The Lakers' 0-2 start is not sitting well with anyone in Los Angeles, and much of the criticism is falling upon second-year coach Mike Brown. Kobe Bryant said he's "amused" by the noise, but he doesn't sound like he finds it very funny.
"I've won, so I can [tell people to shut up]," Bryant said Thursday. "For Mike, it might be a little tough to say that, so I'll say it for him: Everybody shut up. Let us work. At the end of the day, you'll be happy with the result as you normally are."
Bryant said those who are pointing fingers at Brown's Princeton-style offense don't know what they're talking about. He noted that the offensive philosophy isn't that different from Phil Jackson's.
"I don't understand," Bryant said. "And I'm trying to bite my tongue and not calling them 'dumb,' which I kind of just did. But they've seen us win multiple championships here in an offense that was tough to learn, that was a sequence of options that weren't set plays, that took five guys getting on the same page and working together.
"They know how that stuff works, so for them to be so stupid now, for them to say, 'Oh, let Steve [Nash] dribble the ball around and create opportunities for everybody, or let Dwight [Howard] post up, or let me iso' ... It's, I don't want to say 'idiotic,' but it's close."
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